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Dermal anchors

4mm CZ Dermal anchor

4mm CZ Dermal anchor

How, when, and where

The Dermal anchor has been outlawed in some states. It is becoming very popular for younger and older women. This is not you average piercing. It actually doesn't hurt like a piercing. When done properly it may sting/and or burn, for a second while the hole is being made. once the hole is made, tissue is removed from the hole and the anchor is placed into the skin. Once again, I said when done properly. The average length of this procedure should last for less than a minute.After the dermal anchor is placed into the skin, pressure is applied with sterile gauze until the bleeding ( if any) is stopped. The remaining dried blood and placement marks are cleaned up, and a bandage is place over the anchor (snug). As you can see in the picture, it shows 2 different types of installation. One using a 10 gauge needle and one using a biopsy punch. The base of the anchor has holes in it. As the tissue around the anchor heals, the tissue fills the area and anchors it self into the skin. For more pictorials and info go to


This has been outlawed in some states due to installation procedures and horror stories. The picture above shows a needle and a biopsy punch. Most tattoo artist and/or piercers are not trained to do this. There are places in the body digging around with a needle isn't safe. Not that it's stopping anyone. In most cases the instead of following the after care instructions, the person decides to do what they want. They remove the band aid long before they are instructed to, or they don't clean it as advised. The idea behind all these aftercare instructions is to keep one of the following from happening.

By not keeping a band aid over the dermal anchor for at least a week, you can: Snag it on sheets and pillows. Snag it on the loofah or rag you shower with. The towel you dry off with. Your clothes can snag it. The seat belt in your car. I could go on but it's kind of pointless. If any one of those things happen it the first week, usually the dermal anchor will pop out of your skin. If you wanna buck up you can reinsert it your self, but most don't. Don't blame your piercer for that. As long as he gave you aftercare instructions.

The after care is equally important for 2 reasons. First and foremost you don't want to get it infected. depending on where it is, it could be nasty. Secondly, you don't want your skin trying to grow over the dermal anchor. Sometimes when smaller gems are used initially, if not kept clean the skin tries to grow over it. Losing the head or top to a dermal anchor is never good. A head should be replaced as soon as possible to prevent the skin from growing over it.

Allowing some one to remove your dermal should be a serious consideration. If it is starting to push out or grow to the top of the skin, it is remotely painless and pretty easy. It takes a bit of finesse and usually about 10 minutes. This of course, depends on how skilled your piercer is To remove a dermal that is fully healed and has been properly inserted can be a bit more tricky. Face, chest, collar bones, forearms are easier to remove. The skin in those areas is easier to stretch and manipulate. The navel (belly button), hip, or dimples in the small of the back are harder to remove because the density of the tissue. No matter how you look at it, you have to pop it out of the skin and cut the tissue that grew in the holes to remove it. To see more body mods go to

different interchangable tops

different interchangable tops

All the stuff above is a small portion of what is out there to choose from. The idea is to have on piece of jewelry that (once it's healed) you can't lose. As well as a multi-functional piece of your wardrobe. It just goes to show we are becoming more extreme and lazy with every generation. I do this everyday. During the average month I do between 45 and 60 dermal anchors. I offer aftercare services, as well as hand out instructions. I have 3 health care providers medical licences, and I am certified to handle most anything you could ask me to do in a tattoo studio. I use hospital grade or better instruments for any piercing procedure. A sharper needle causes less pain, and less scarring. I urge you to find a piercer that is educated, licensed and makes you feel comfortable about his ability to do the procedure. The intention of this article was to educate you and help you make the right decision about getting a dermal anchor.


Jessica on June 01, 2015:

I have a dermal near my eye , got it done in April . It has healed very well ... i used sea salt soaks the first 2 weeks and its been fine ever since but lastnight i started to mess with it n it started to hurt a bit so i freaked out and began to soak it again when i pushed uo to clean it bled a little also with yellow fluid i cleaned it off and let it dry ... later i soaked again and it feels better .. going to continue to do this for the next few days . Btw i was messing with it because it feels loose and not sure how to tighten it .. anywho will be updating soon.

maleena on August 06, 2014:

I recently got lower back dermals the pain was at least a 4 compared to my tattoos and other piercings, these are my first dermala I love them! :) but the healing process is a pain!

Lindsay on May 26, 2014:

Can't tell if the author likes or dislikes this kind of piercing, though they say they do a lot of them? Saying they point out how lazy we are becoming as a society is a little rude and unnecessary.

Bridget on April 20, 2014:

A lot of this information is misleading or worded in unprofessional ways. Nice page, but before considering getting a dermal, view the page of a trained professional. Additionally, I don't know if this author has any dermals but my experience is that they hurt very much more than other piercings and that the placement of the jewelry is the hardest part!

mir_mir on February 12, 2014:

I got my Dermal Check peircings an month ago. All I felt was a pinch. My pericer said I did beter than him. Now I am starting to get a pain in my left cheek. I do not know if its normal. But they are really good and they do not mess up your taste bud glances.

Rebeccaedwards1 on January 25, 2014:

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I had skin divers put into my chest, they don't seem to have anchored down propley And feel loose, however I'm not sure what I'm supposed to be looking for I don't know whether this is supposed to happen, also can I change them or do I have to have them removed and then put back in another colour?

amy on January 13, 2014:

Hello. I got two dermal piercings chest last night. This morning I took the bandaids off to clean and the entire jewel was in the hole. The hole in my skin appears to be too big. Do I need to be concerned? Did the piercer mess up? Wht should I do?

twester on March 27, 2013:

I got a dermal done yesterday, but i noticed that the base didn't look like any i have seen before. It looked like there was a hook on it, and the gem doesn't lay flat. Should i be worried?

jenn216 on January 25, 2013:

I have two dermal piercings on my chest (collarbone area). I love them. I've had them for almost two years. No rejection or major problems, just a few irritations here and there when I exercise (sports bra strap rubbing against them). Anyway, a few months back I tried changing the replacement. I went to a piercer to change it (not the one that originally pierced me. I moved overseas). It hurt like hell! to make a long story short, I bought the wrong "size". I did not know there were different sizes. Now, I have lost one of the replacements (fell out). I don't even know where to look or what sizes to get since I have to order online. Can anyone help me with this issue? Help please!

XlozziX on January 24, 2013:

I have a dermal piercing on my ankle that I have Is beginning to grow out. Can I have the same spot re-pierced?

xcloudmanx on September 26, 2012:

i have 7 dermals my newest is my right hand dermal. i have 3 in my right neck 2 in my cheek(anti eyebrow) and my throat done and only have issues with top neck one its been done 3 times and needs to be redone a 4th time :(

Kristy on September 15, 2012:

I just got a dermal last night on my arm and it didn't hurt at. A little sting for two seconds and that's it. They told me to clean it with salines solution used for contacts:-)

Heather on July 23, 2012:

I lost the gem from my dermal and the skins already grown over after 2 days, what should i do? Will it be easy to peirce it through again? The anchour is still there

Victoria Anne from Las Vegas on June 04, 2012:

I have two of these on the back of my neck...and they HURT to get done. I have 3 tattoos, my ears, belly button, nose, and eyebrow pierced and that was by far the worst. The aftercare is actually really easy though and they healed better than any of my other piercings.

WookieWonderfuls from London, UK on November 13, 2011:

My fiancé has a chest guessing that's the correct term for it. i didn't have a clue how it was done, and cringed at what my imagination showed me haha. thanks for the hub :D


derma on November 13, 2011:

Wow that is interesting. never heard of them. Thanks for sharing.

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